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Alumni Quotes

Department of Communication Alumni Quotes:


"As someone who aspired to be an announcer on the radio, I had a pretty thick 'southern' accent.  Plus I was shy and uncomfortable speaking in front of a crowd, no matter how small.  My speech minor corrected my 'drawl' and my Public Speaking classes enabled me to become more comfortable in front of a crowd, also in constructing an interesting speech.  Boy, I had some really bad ones at first, that literally put one guy to sleep!  I worked on air in Radio for four years and also produced hundreds of commercials.  My career led me into Radio sales and management, then into television and digital sales management.  I still do a few segments on our live Listens show, using my experience from years ago.  I'm very comfortable in front of a Live TV camera, and I owe a lot of that to my wonderful teachers in the Department of Communication!"          ~ Doug Garrett


"Giving the gift of attentive presence to another person is the most effective way to engage in relationship, whether it be professional or personal."            ~ Tony Glore


"Effective advocacy is the art of analyzing a situation, creating a strong message, and adapting that message to your target audience in order to achieve the desired goal."            ~ Andy Spears, Ph.D.


"My Masters Degree in Communication gave me the gift of being able to adapt my talents to the situation at hand, create my own path to success, and the self confidence to lead others when called upon."            ~ Melissa (Missy) McCubbin Barman


"I am able to adapt to the needs of various lines of business within the company and provide better support through my understanding of communication."          ~ Patti Grice


"As a consultant, I advocate that companies really understand the difference between hearing and listening: that the former is the physical act of acknowledging the existence of noise, and that the latter refers to the active process of internalizing and understanding what that noise means."            ~ Sam Ford

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